Of the three major clouds (AWS, GCP, and Azure), Azure has the widest selection of GPUs. Although that doesn't mean these GPUs are available when you want them, Microsoft should be commended for offering a wide selection of options.
The tradeoff with any of the three major clouds is that it takes an extremely long time to get anything up and running. By contrast to the major clouds, Paperspace offers a wider selection of GPUs with a massively better user experience and customer experience.
Not only can you get started running GPUs in minutes on Paperspace, but you can also reach a team of friendly support engineers at all hours of the day.
If hyperscale GPU computing is the most important consideration, Azure may be a good bet. But if you prize simplicity over maximum configuration then Paperspace is worth a look.
One of the highest performing all-around deep learning GPUs at the moment is the NVIDIA A100 40 GB and 80 GB. Microsoft Azure prices these instances at almost ~$1 more per GPU than Paperspace! It's a little tricky to parse this out because Azure sometimes bundles instances into 8x-only clusters but the math is clear that Azure charges a premium for the high-end compute instances.
It can be difficult to get up and running on Microsoft Azure. Paperspace provides a number of templates and starters directly in the console to help you get started doing machine learning or deep learning in the cloud.
In addition to GPU-backed virtual machines, Paperspace also offers a software stack called Gradient which runs on top of these machines. Gradient provides deep learning users with Notebooks, Workflows, and Deployments to make it easier than ever to explore, train, and deploy deep learning applications.
Although Azure has the widest selection of any of the major clouds when it comes to GPU selection, Azure is not (by any stretch of the imagination) a "user friendly" service. Getting started is tough. Getting support is tough. Getting help is close to impossible.
By contrast, Paperspace has a stronger selection of GPUs which are also available at scale and offers world-class support and helpful resources.
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